|Heat trade Antoine Walker to Minnesota in 5-player deal; Miami gets Ricky Davis, Mark Blount|
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|Wednesday, 24 October 2007 09:19|
The Heat traded the three-time All-Star forward to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday in a five-player deal that came one day after Miami completed a winless preseason.
Walker, backup center Michael Doleac, oft-injured forward Wayne Simien and a conditional first-round draft pick were sent to Minnesota for former Miami swingman Ricky Davis and center Mark Blount.
The deal gives Minnesota added depth and gives Miami a third scoring option it wanted in Davis. The Heat will try to fit him in alongside Shaquille O'Neal and Dwyane Wade - the 2006 finals MVP who'll miss a few more weeks while recovering from knee and shoulder surgeries.
Walker helped the Heat win the 2006 NBA title but hasn't always had the easiest time dealing with Heat coach Pat Riley's strict conditioning standards.
Walker was briefly suspended last year because his body-fat measurement wasn't within team limits, and he arrived for training camp earlier this month not in the shape Riley wanted. Walker did not play in Miami's final two preseason games. Riley said he kept him out of Tuesday's exhibition finale because, ``I know what he can do.''
And he'll be doing it for Minnesota now.